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July 12th | FRUIT FROM THE TREE OF LIFE
MONDAY: Urgent Request
Lord, in order to follow your will, I realize that I need to have a transformed mind. Please show me how I can do that today!
12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
This is an urgent request for me—I urge you, brothers and sisters. Consider the mercy God has given me. Consider the fact that He chose to sacrifice His own Son for my eternal salvation. What should my response be? Here’s God’s plan for me: to offer my body as a living sacrifice. While I might not feel I am worthy of such an offering, He does. He sees me as holy and pleasing to Him. My true worship comes from offering myself to God, asking for Him to do with my life as He wishes.
In the Old Testament, sacrificial lambs were spotless, and God’s will for me is no less. He doesn’t want a corrupted, blemished sacrifice for Himself, but a pure and holy sacrifice. He gives me instruction on how I can achieve this: do not conform to the pattern of this world. By having my mind transformed by His eternal thinking pattern, I will have a much higher purpose than how the world proposes to shape my mind and heart.
Once He has reshaped my thinking pattern, whenever I have a thought, I will be able to test it against God’s eternal pattern, and I will be able to approve if it is in God’s will for me. I will know because this test includes whether the information is good, pleasing, and perfect. Another test and instruction is questioning if the information puts me on a pedestal of pride, then that thought is not from God. But if it is a thought that humbles me in accordance with the faith that God gave me, then I can assess that the thought is from Him.
THINK ABOUT THESE THINGS
My mind is full of random thoughts. Which ones are from God, and which ones are not? These verses tell me that God gives me a filter to sift my thoughts through. Is the thought good? Thoughts from God are pure and holy; if it is laced with sin and does not humble me, then it isn’t. Is the thought pleasing to God? If the thought glorifies Jesus, then it is; if it glorifies me and sinful actions, then it isn’t. Is the thought perfect? If I have submitted it to God as part of my thought-cleansing process, He will assure me (or not) whether the thought conforms with His will.
Lord, I desperately want to please you with good, pleasing & perfect thoughts! Amen.
May you be blessed,
Chaplain Wayne Ruckman
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